To Host Debate and Town Hall Meeting Oct. 16
WINDSOR, N.J. -- Mercer County Community College will host a debate and
town meeting with representatives of the Obama and McCain campaigns on
Thursday, Oct. 16 at 12 noon at Kelsey
Theatre on the college's West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Representing the Obama campaign will be Seton Hall Law Professor Mark
Alexander, a senior advisor to the Obama campaign. Representing the McCain
campaign will be Robbinsville Mayor David Fried, owner of the firm TriCore.
The public is invited and admission is free. For directions to the campus
Professor Mark C. Alexander is Senior Advisor to Barack Obama,
having worked on the Obama presidential campaign since January 2007, also
serving as Policy Director and as New Jersey State Director. He specializes
in Constitutional Law and the intersection of Law and Politics. He writes
and teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Law & Politics, Criminal
Procedure, and The First Amendment. His scholarship focuses on the intersection
of law, politics and government and free speech issues, with an emphasis
on exploring new constitutional approaches to campaign finance reform.
Professor Alexander was General Counsel to Cory Booker and the Booker
Team in the 2006 Newark Municipal elections and then for Newark in Transition,
as Mayor Booker moved to assume the office. Other political work includes
serving as Issues Director for the Bill Bradley for President Campaign
in 1999-2000. He also worked for U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy and Howard
Metzenbaum, and he served a two-year term as an elected official in Washington,
Professor Alexander also has significant international experience, including
year in Spain on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he taught American law
and politics. In addition he has taught in the Seton Hall Law-in-Italy
program. He is also a fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program.
Professor Alexander clerked for Chief Judge Thelton Henderson of the United
States District Court for the Northern District of California and was
a litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco before joining
the Seton Hall Law School faculty in 1996. Professor Alexander was the
1996-1997 Student Bar Association Professor of the Year, and he has been
nominated for the award on numerous other occasions. He received his B.A.
and J.D. from Yale University. In the spring 2003 semester, Prof. Alexander
returned to Yale Law School as a Visiting Scholar.
David Fried has served as an elected official in Township of Robbinsville
since 2000, when he was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Township
Committee under the old form of government.
After the voters of Township of Robbinsville opted to change their form
of government in November 2004, Mr. Fried became the first mayor directly
elected by the voters. He was elected May 10, 2005, and sworn in to a
four-term on July 1, 2005. Mayor Fried is also the head of Public Safety.
Mayor Fried said he has settled three labor agreements that end free lifetime
health benefits for new hires - including the first contract of its kind
for firefighters. He said taxes in Robbinsville have been the most stable
of Mercer's 13 municipalities.
In economic development, Mayor Fried said he has worked to speed up the
long-awaited commercial corridor in Town Center, and has passed a new
highway commercial zoning ordinance. This month, the township introduced
an ordinance to fund sewer construction on the highway.
In 2001, Mr. Fried founded TriCore, first known as Adminasource, with
the goal of becoming the leading human resource outsourcing company in
the Northeast. Previously, he was the founder/owner of Human Resource
Alternatives, Inc. HRA ranked 20th on the Inc. 500 list in 1998 as one
of the fastest-growing companies in the country. In November 1998, Fidelity
Investments and HR Logic (HRL) purchased HRA.
Mr. Fried is married and has two children.